With increased optimism surrounding the wedding season this year, a pretty wedding guest dress is the ticket to feeling your most celebratory and joyful. But the best part, aside from being able to celebrate with family and friends safely? Romanticism is a major trend this season, which perfectly lends itself to dressing for "I do’s." Design elements at the crux of the movement include super pretty prints, sweet silhouettes—like tiered skirts, puffed sleeves, and bustier-style necklines—and feminine flourishes, such as bow straps, flouncy hems, and shirred or smocked shape, often to highlight the waistline. We’re a flutter!
Of course, more streamlined dresses are abundant, too, if your tastes skew more minimal. Think: a shoulder-baring halter neckline á la Megan Markle’s second wedding dress by Stella McCartney, a timeless slip that beautifully skims the body, or a pleated dress with a delightfully slinky feel.
Vibrant prints and colors are other trends that spark so much joy. The season is rife with them, whether here for a fitted, color-blocked column dress, a voluminous silhouette splashed with a bold floral motif, or a pared-back midi in bubble-gum pink. There are so many options from subtly sweet to full-on femme, so you’ve got options no matter the dress code. Ahead, see 31 styles we adore.
Whimsy + Row Ellis Dress
With clean lines and slinky sheen, this halter dress is both feminine and sleek.
Mauby Romantic Poplin Dress
For a laidback dress code, this smocked floral midi is oh-so-sweet, whether you style yours with heels or flats.
Christy Dawn The Basil Dress
This long floral dress proves dark colors can feel fresh for spring and summer with a swishy skirt and pretty smocking at play.
Lulus Tiered Midi Dress
It doesn’t get sweeter than a princess puff sleeve and silk bows when channeling a romantic vibe.
Misa Consuella Dress
With a tiered skirt and flouncy neckline, this off-the-shoulder number is made for dancing.
Olette Siempre Verde Dress
This dress is perfectly lightweight in a washed cotton-linen blend (without being sheer!) for summer. Even better is the alluring open back with sweet ties.
ASTR The Label Balloon Sleeve Midi Dress
This blooming midi radiates cheer thanks to the multicolored motif.
BHLDN Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress
A sleek slip dress is flawless any time of year, and for spring and summer, this dusty blue is divine.
Fame and Partners The Rowan
We love the dropped waist and ruched bodice on this floral mini for an '80s-throwback feel.
Cult Gaia Anysia Dress
Found: The dreamiest destination wedding guest dress for tropical, warm-weather locales.
Fanm Mon Finike Dress
This bright blue linen number is flouncy and fun, ethically made from 100% linen.
WAYF The Ensley Off the Shoulder Midi Dress
It doesn’t get more romantic than a pink floral print off-the-shoulder midi for springtime nuptials.
ASOS DESIGN Curve V Neck Midi Plisse Dress
Frilled details give this all-over floral print an extra kick of femininity—it’s our top pick for early spring “I do’s.”
Mara Hoffman Sloan Dress
For the modern wedding guest unabashed by color.
Dôen Sicilia Dress
Sweet yet simple, we love the beautiful balance of an intricate neckline and minimal skirt.
Coco Shop Slip Dress
This checkerboard motif is a playful alternative for guests not into standard florals.
Staud Elliot Dress
More than darling, this cotton-poplin midi can withstand the heat for a daytime wedding in the thick of summer.
Faithfull The Brand Brida Midi Bette Floral
With a high rounded neck and puffed sleeves, this tea-length dress is both whimsical and demure.
Chelsea Mak Victoria Dress
With a loose and drapey shape, this silk tank dress epitomized non-clingy chic.
Autumn Adeigbo Poppy Dress
With structured puff sleeves and an asymmetric flounce hem, you’ll strike a chord in this vivid maxi.
Eleven Six Simone Dress
If you thought a knit dress couldn’t be wedding guest-appropriate, we give you this pleated hot-pink midi with fluid pleats that sway with every step.
Tanya Taylor Audrey Dress
This frilled mini is spot-on for a daytime wedding in summer. Play up the pops of neon by finishing with a color-coordinated shoe or bag.
Tove Emory Dress
This halter dress is a tangerine dream—the chicest statement for minimal tastes.
Eloquii Satin Wrap Dress
Few silhouettes are as easy-to-wear as a wrap, and this one in a silky floral print delivers on softness and romance.
Reformation Nikita Dress
In a pale blue-green hue, this midi dress is romantic without teetering into "too frilly" territory.
Allina Liu Celene Dress
If you’re going to wear black to a summer wedding, this puff-sleeve mini is the way to do it.
Hill House Home The Ellie Nap Dress
It doesn’t get dreamier than this gold jacquard fabric for a fanciful wedding guest vibe.
Jonathan Simkhai Annalise Satin Puff Sleeve Midi Dress
This lustrous long-sleeve midi defines elegance in a sublime apricot shade.
Rebecca Taylor Sleeveless Toile Slip Dress
This icy blue silk slip is utterly sleek for an outdoor wedding in spring or summer.
Amur Amelia Dress
More than striking, this vibrant two-tone green is ethically made from 100% organic cotton.